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Manny Ramirez’s time in Taiwan is over

Jun 19, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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Brandon DuBreuil of the Manny Does Taiwan blog passes along some Asian news reports which say that Manny Ramirez has been removed from the roster of the Taiwanese team for which he has been playing and will leave the country on June 21. There are mixed reports about why he is leaving, with some saying he will be going to Japan. Whether that is to play for an NPB team or if Japan merely figures in his travel plans is unclear.

As DuBreuil noted in his feature on Ramirez in Taiwan over at Sports on Earth yesterday, Ramirez has been a boon to the EDA Rhinos team for which he has been playing and the Chinese Professional Baseball League as a whole. His team has gone from last place to near the top of the division since he’s arrived and attendance has increased a crazy 412% with TV ratings jumping 221%. Ramirez is near the top of the league in batting average, homers, RBIs and walks.

It’ll be interesting to see if his success in Taiwan has led to a chance to play in Japan. And if so, it’ll be interesting to see if he can still perform at the considerably higher level that the NPB represents.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Or maybe he’ll be tabbed to become the first governer of the U.S.’s next new colony:

    The Moon. Ain’t nothing like Lunar League baseball, folks.

    • Old Gator - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      I wouldn’t want to pitch in zero gravity. Would you?

      • raysfan1 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        The moon’s gravity 1/6 that of earth, so a 400ft home run here could be expected to sail 2400ft there! Yeah, it’d be a bit embarrassing to be a pitcher giving up a nearly 1/2 mile bomb.

      • kopy - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Willy Mays would still catch it over the shoulder.

      • kopy - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        *Willie

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Sliding/gliding would be interesting enough, though I don’t imagine the breaking ball would have much bite. Lots of offense I suppose.

        Basically, playing under A.L. rules = playing on , playing on the moon….

        So, they say, i’m wishing my life away.

      • samu0034 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Imagine how cool it would look to see Willie bounding after a 1/2-mile shot like Neil Armstrong.

      • lessick - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        No, but imagine the home run-saving web gems.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        He’d still slide 15 feet short of second.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        The lunar uniforms are a little bulky. The only sport yet tried there is golf, in 1971 by the late, great Alan Shepard (the 1st American in space). His caddy is still looking for the balls.

  2. Jack Marshall - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I can’t imagine why anyone would find anything that Manny does at this point the least bit interesting.

    • gammagammahey - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      It’s one thing to not like Manny, but another to think that he’s not interesting.

      • Jack Marshall - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Uh-huh. Fans, sportswriters and teams giggling away and shrugging off Manny’s unprofessional, dishonest and unsportsmanlike conduct is a primary reason he is like he is. There’s a material difference between interesting and nauseating.

  3. jwbiii - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Yesterday, Sponichi reported that the Chiba Lotte Marines were interested in Ramirez.

    http://yakyubaka.com/2013/06/18/6182013-chiba-lotte-marines-could-make-a-move-for-manny-ramirez/

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Hey Jack Marshall, why don’t you google Babe Ruth, see
      if you find his behavior interesting.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        then try Ty Cobb…..

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Hmmm…is there an MLB team struggling to score as they have in the past (especially against lefties) who could use a right-handed DH or emergency OF? A team with some dead weight and hopes & prayers on the roster, so really with nothing to lose by adding Manny for a while to see what he has left. Perhaps with a park where Manny has historically performed well. Of course, this team would need to have an excellent defensive CF if they ever planned to put Manny in the field, and the GM would have to be some kind of cash-man to find the money. They would also need lots of veterans of the game around to help keep Manny in line and prevent the media from becoming a distraction. If only there were such a team…

    LET’S DO THIS!!

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